Gunsmoke: Season 6, Episode 2

The Blacksmith (17 Sep. 1960)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Western
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Troublemakers trick an immigrant blacksmith into leaving his house on his wedding night, then burn down the house.



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Episode cast overview:
Emil Wohlheter
Anna-Lisa ...
Gretchen Mueller
Robert Anderson ...
Gil Tolman (as Bob Anderson)
Wesley Lau ...
Herbert Patterson ...
Spooner (as Herb Patterson)


Troublemakers trick an immigrant blacksmith into leaving his house on his wedding night, then burn down the house.

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17 September 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Kitty Russell: [Doc is buying drinks for a couple going to marry] Well Doc, if this is what it takes to get you to spend some money I'm gonna start promoting some more marriages around this town.
Doc: Well sure I'm in favor of that. Why... Why don't you start with Chester there? He's ready. He's over ripe.
Chester Goode: That's better than being all pruned up like some people I know.
Kitty Russell: Laughing
Chester Goode: Oh, don't laugh at him.
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Good Character-Driven Entry
10 April 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Good character tale with a particularly fine performance from George Kennedy on whom the 30-minutes turns. Nice guy, blacksmith Emil (Kennedy) sends away for German-born wife. Trouble is hulking bad guy Tolman (Anderson) doesn't like Emil or foreigners like Emil. So he breaks up Emil's wedding, after which the equally hulking Emil throws him into a water trough. Now there's going to be real trouble.

Great byplay between Doc and Chester, again showing why these touches helped lift the series into classic category. Kennedy manages a convincing German accent that helps give the entry an authentic feel. The brawl, however, is pretty much by the numbers and not very convincing. Still, the episode features three of the biggest men in Hollywood, counting Arness. Anyway, it's easy to see how Kennedy went on to feature films after his stellar turn here.

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